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staying at yosemite view lodge

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staying at yosemite view lodge

australian family travelling to yosemite and planning to stay at yosemite view lodge. after reading reviews cant justify cost at awanahee.

spending 2 nights any suggestions for an itenery.

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1. Re: staying at yosemite view lodge

This past Yosemite Guide has ideas for a one, two, or three day itinerary on page 12: nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg08-2.pdf

This Places To Go link includes descriptions of the main areas and a small map: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

I'd definitely include a drive up to Glacier Point and a 2.2 mile round-trip hike up to Sentinel Dome for part of a day.

Get an early start to each day, take a picnic lunch so you don't have to stand in line, perhaps have a picnic dinner by a river or in a picnic area, pick your "must sees" and just go with the flow.

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2. Re: staying at yosemite view lodge

Another good hike is to go to Happy Isles at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley and hike up to Vernal Falls or if you are really ambitious continue the trail (steep, sometimes slippery, stairs) to Nevada Falls. Which hike to take depends on your preference for a valley view or a waterfall. (I wouldn't go up to Nevada Falls if you have really young children with you.) Eating---You can buy pizza and sandwiches at Yosemite Village. The Ahwahnee Hotel is pricey but definitely go see the place, perhaps have breakfast or lunch in the dining room which looks like it should be the hall of the mountain king. It's probably the most beautiful dining room in America. It's also a pretty hike from the Ahwahnee back east towards Mirror Lake where you get a good view of Half Dome.

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3. Re: staying at yosemite view lodge

The Happy Isles area is really beautiful, and much more worth the time than walking to Mirror Lake, in my opinion. You could spend one whole day driving along Tioga Road (Highway 120) through the park and see the sights along the way: Tuolumne Grove, Siesta Lake, Yosemite Creek, Olmstead Point, Tenaya Lake, the Cathedral Peak area and Tuolumne Meadows, which is the starting point for many great high-country hikes, short and long.

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4. Re: staying at yosemite view lodge

Looks like you're visiting in early November. It's a tossup as to whether or not the Tioga Road/Tuolumne Meadows area will still be open. Just depends on the weather.


If trees are important to you, a nice breakdown would be Day 1 explore Yosemite Valley, and Day 2 explore Glacier Point/Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. If big mountains are more interesting to you, and Tioga Road is still open, then I'd do Valley and Glacier Point on Day 1, and Day 2 as Tuolumne Meadows and maybe even Mono Lake just outside the eastern entrance to the park.

Be prepared for cooler temps when you visit. Layers of clothing will be good as it could range from pleasant to cool in the day, and will probably be cold at night. Also take note, November is inching into potential tire chain season. It just depends on the year's weather. The National Park Service website recommends carrying tire chains with you in the Park from November through March.


Also, I see you're flying to Vegas and driving to the Grand Canyon. Are you then driving to Yosemite from Las Vegas? If so, do not count on Tioga Road (hwy 120 from the east entrance) of Yosemite being open. It may be...it may not be. There's no way to predict the weather this autumn.

Happy planning!

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